Rents may rise as Peterborough enjoys office market revival

Edward Gee of Savills in Peterborough
Edward Gee of Savills in Peterborough
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Office rents in Peterborough are predicted to rise this year as companies compete to set up in the best locations.

The hike is expected as landlords carry out quality refurbishment of much-needed office space.

Stuart House

Stuart House

Commercial agents Savills say Peterborough is poised for an office market revival this year with availabilityincreasing by 100 per cent.

The revival will follow three years in which landlords have used Permitted Development Rights (PDR) to convert offices to residential uses. At the start of 2017 just 60,000 sq ft of grade A stock, mostly in Stuart House, in City Road, remained available to let.

But as the PDR trend slows and with the lack of speculative development, some landlords have been investing in high quality refurbishments of office space.

Savills say this has led to an increase in supply. For example, 60,000 sq ft of grade A accommodation at Lynch Wood Park came to the market late last year.

Edward Gee, associate director at Savills, said: “The influx of refurbished office space is likely to make a significant difference and encourage a boost in activity as we head into 2018.”

“With zero speculative development on the horizon, we expect rents to rise. Until recently, rents have been seen at about £13 to £15 per sq ft but there are now a number of landlords quoting significantly higher, which is an indication of anticipated demand.

“With strong rail links to London and its status as a Gigabit City, Peterborough remains an attractive commercial location, which will prove fundamental to the market’s inevitable revival.”